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Old 10-03-2016   #16
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But today, I drove it to Colchester Zoo and back, and watched 1000 miles come up on the clock.
Which is a bit of a concern, as I'm only supposed to do 6000 a year, and I've not had it a month yet...
Is "addictive" the word you're looking for? Aching to jump in the Panda and hoof it up the road must be a far worse affliction than smoking, drinking or the other things that folk get up to in their spare time.
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Loving my little Panda.

Seeing we're bragging, I've done 5,000km since I got mine in Dec.

They didn't sell many here, but I've seen three. Mind you, two of them were black so I might have seen one of them twice
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Past the 30.000 Km on the clock.
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Past the 30.000 Km on the clock.
Thinking back to old time car dealers, one feels tempted to ask if you also have a worn out power drill

(from winding forward your trip meter - the old joke was that car dealers would hook a power drill to the speedo cable and wind BACK the mileage)
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Now a days, not possible anymore, feed come's from the engine ECU.
In the old old days there was even enough leeway in the clock number, that it would be possible to change the numbers bij hand with a small screwdriver.
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Now a days, not possible anymore, feed come's from the engine ECU.
In the old old days there was even enough leeway in the clock number, that it would be possible to change the numbers bij hand with a small screwdriver.
That's right, then they introduced the little tags so if you tried, you'd break the tags off and people would know you'd cheated.

Looking forward to 30K on mine.
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Washed the Panda today to get rid of the road salt. Car still looks pretty good after 3 years. Apart from some little stonechipping at the right front corner of the bumper she's pretty much spotless.
Nice and clean! Only took a couple of hours...
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Washed the Panda today to get rid of the road salt. Car still looks pretty good after 3 years. Apart from some little stonechipping at the right front corner of the bumper she's pretty much spotless.
Nice and clean! Only took a couple of hours...
Yep, nice and clean.
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Yep, nice and clean.
Haha, well it certainly became a lot brighter.
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I need to clean inside mine. She got a good wash outside last weekend but it's been raining again this week.

I've been carrying a bike in the back every day and that's knocking things around a bit. The most frustrating part is that the bike goes in easily, but goes in differently every time I put it in, so I'm always messing about trying to make it fit.
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Usual saturday morning service - check everything, fill up the washer bottle, check the tyre pressures. I do NOT like how dark (black) the oil is, and it's been that way since I got her with 1,500km on the clock - I really do not trust these long oil services at all and will be insisting on one when she goes in for her first service at 15,000 km.

I also decided to check the pressure in the spare this morning. Fiat don't really encourage you to do this do they. First you have to unbolt and remove the tool tray - not hard though the bolt has a looonnng thread to undo. Lift that out and put it to one side. Then you have to turn the spare over because the valve is on the bottom. But because of the design of the boot, you can't just flip it in the wheel well, you have to take it out completely to turn over. It's not hard, just a pain and not something you'd do in a busy service station with people waiting (well, some people would). Having faced it before, I got it ready at home, then reinstalled everything back at home.

Also worth noting that the spare is losing pressure at about the same pace as the tyres on the ground so you don't have to forget it too often for it to be too flat for effective use, especially on the highway.
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Oil will aways get dark the first 20.000 Km or so when you running it in.
I'm on my second oil since August last year and it is still clear.
And never had to fill it up since.
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If i have the time, Monday, i will drive mine through the carwash.
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If i have the time, Monday, i will drive mine through the carwash.
You actually find those things useful?

My experience is that they only find leaks and wash off loose dust. Maybe we have more aggressive bird poo here.

I do confess that I find washing a car a chore and have taught myself not to be embarrassed by owning a dirty grub of a vehicle.
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